With Hearts Full of Thanks

By |2018-11-21T19:22:23-06:00November 27th, 2014|Categories: Christopher B. Nelson, St. John's College, Thanksgiving|

By long custom at St. John’s College, the president invites to Thanksgiving dinner all our international students, as well as any other students and faculty who are spending Thanksgiving away from home and family. After the events of September 11, 2001, we added a series of readings to the tradition. Before we sit down [...]

The Invention of Thanksgiving

By |2018-11-21T19:23:45-06:00November 27th, 2013|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, History, Thanksgiving|

I must admit, I always have mixed feelings about celebrating Thanksgiving. It’s not that I don’t love giving thanks—in fact, I really do love it. And, I especially love how we Americans do it. If I had my way, we’d have cranberry relish, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, and turkey five times to six times [...]

Mayflower Compact or Plymouth Combination?

By |2019-11-14T13:12:45-06:00January 23rd, 2013|Categories: American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, Mayflower Compact, Thanksgiving|

On the first day of our spring semester, at the little liberal arts college at which I teach, I have for the last fourteen years had the joy of watching forty freshmen respond to the complexities and depth of a seemingly simple document, that we call, the Mayflower Compact. It really should be rather straightforward: [...]

“Planes, Trains and Automobiles”… and Redemption

By |2019-11-27T22:16:12-06:00November 23rd, 2012|Categories: Audio/Video, Culture, Film, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Thanksgiving|

A lighthearted romp at first blush, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” tells the story of how the example of simple goodness can be transformational… The category of “Thanksgiving movies” is a select one indeed, but it is not meant as faint praise to crown John Hughes’ 1987 film, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, the greatest Thanksgiving [...]

A Wild Turkey’s Thanksgiving

By |2018-11-21T19:35:30-06:00November 23rd, 2012|Categories: Poetry, Stephen Masty, Thanksgiving|

Mister Franklin, humans call him; Turkeys call him Gentle Ben. Lovingly we keep his memory From our tree or field or fen, Once our day of thanks ensures That some of us outlasted yours. Wild and canny, lithe and limber, Peaceful as a bird can be, Perching high in Yankee timber, We, true Sons of [...]

Thanksgiving, the Puritans, and St. Augustine

By |2018-11-19T19:42:14-06:00November 22nd, 2012|Categories: Peter A. Lawler, St. Augustine, Thanksgiving|

Thanksgiving is the holiday that brings us all together, whether or not we’re Christians and whether or not we’re American citizens. It’s the first holiday of the Holiday Season that begins around now and lasts until New Year. We’re so sure that saying Merry Christmas is intolerant and dogmatic that we’re all about Happy [...]

A Chestertonian Thanksgiving

By |2018-11-21T19:36:33-06:00November 22nd, 2012|Categories: Christianity, G.K. Chesterton, Thanksgiving|Tags: |

There haven’t been many writers who exuded gratitude more than G.K. Chesterton. One could assemble a lovely article simply by stitching together his best insights about being humble, grateful, gracious and adventurous, so that’s just what I’ve done. Perhaps folks who are fretting their family get-togethers because of tenuous, tender tensions with their relatives [...]

Religious Roots: Not All Turkey and Touchdowns

By |2019-11-28T12:21:46-06:00November 21st, 2012|Categories: American Republic, Thanksgiving|

The religious roots of Thanksgiving speak to the essence of America, and against the danger of over-consumption. The Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony weren’t the first Europeans to settle in North America, nor were they the first permanent English colonists. But because of our annual celebration of Thanksgiving, and our hazy images of their 1621 meal [...]

Second Thoughts at the First Thanksgiving

By |2018-11-21T19:30:11-06:00November 23rd, 2011|Categories: Stephen Masty, Thanksgiving|

Roast the turkey that we gave you! Bake the pumpkin pie! Be deft While recalling, back in England, Folks are thankful that you left! Share and share alike, ye thundered, Property ye banish here: Why did no one plant, we wondered, Hence the hunger no one feared. Heaven will provide, you told us, And we [...]